Button and Stewart lead Festival of Speed silver jubilee line-up

Goodwood has revealed a glittering line-up for the silver jubilee running of its famous Festival of Speed hillclimb, with Formula 1, rally and motorbike racing all included.

As ever, F1 past and present will be fully represented at the event, which takes place on July 12-15 2018. Jenson Button is to pilot a Honda RA301 from 1968, while Sir Jackie Stewart will drive all three of his world championship-winning cars: the Matra MS80, Tyrrell 003 and Tyrrell 006. Stewart’s sons Mark and Paul will also hustle one of his Tyrrells up the hill.

Over the long weekend, twice-champion Emerson Fittipaldi, Stoffel Vandoorne and new McLaren boss Gil de Ferran will drive a classic McLaren M23, Martin Brundle will pilot a Cooper T43 and Eagle-Weslake T1G, and former Ferrari and Renault driver Rene Arnoux will display a Renault RS01 – the first-ever turbocharged F1 car.

The modern F1 era will be represented, too, with Valtteri Bottas and current Formula 2 championship leader George Russell set to drive a 2016 Mercedes W07 Hybrid. Two-times champion Mika Hakkinen will also be at the festival.

Five-time DTM champion Bernd Schneider will add to the major Mercedes presence by driving a 300SLR that wowed sports car racing in 1955, a CLK LM that took Le Mans pole in 1998, and a W196 that won F1 titles in 1954 and ’55.

The rally star line-up will be led by five-time world champion Sébastien Ogier, who’ll be driving his M-Sport Ford Fiesta, as will his team-mate Elfyn Evans. Evans’ father Gwyndaf will be in action on the Forest Rally Stage, and twice-champion Walter Rohrl will be there piloting a variety of machines, while Williams F1 reserve driver Robert Kubica will display a Group B Lancia 037.

Fifteen-time world champion Giacomo Agostini leads the biker line-up and will ride a MV Augusta on which he won many of his championships. Four-time World Superbike champ Carl Fogarty will be riding a collection of Triumphs, and three-time Superbike victor Jonathan Rea will be on a Kawasaki. The ever-flamboyant Randy Mamola is to display a Ducati Panigale, and Maria Costello will form part of the LCR F2 sidecar outfit.

Sports cars past and present are represented by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell driving a Porsche 917K and 962 and McLaren M108B, while World Endurance champion and Le Mans winner Neel Jani will drive a Porsche 919 Hybrid as part of its farewell tour – the car recently smashed the Nürburgring Nordschleife track record.

Two-time British Touring Car champion John Cleland will be driving a variety of tin-tops across the weekend; Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington will join him in the touring car cast.

Six-time Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy will also be at the festival, driving a Porsche supercar, while seven-time NASCAR champion ‘The King’ Richard Petty will pilot a Dodge Charger.

Source: Auto Classisc in association with Richard Mille